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    How To: Recognize The Warning Signs of Child Abuse

    How To: Recognize The Warning Signs of Child Abuse
    Statistics show that in the last year approximately 1 in 10 children have experienced some form of maltreatment.* Teachers and school staff are have a unique ability to monitor children's health and well-being on a daily basis. Sudden changes in mood, behavior, or health may only be apparent to those closest to the child. Many abused or neglected children are too ...
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    School Security: Fact or Fiction?

    School Security: Fact or Fiction?
    It’s always nice to feel like you’re on top of what’s going on at your school. When it comes to security, the reality of the situation can easily be clouded with rumors, misconceptions, and even media coverage that may or may not have anything to do directly with your school. In today’s world, it can prove difficult to separate perception from ...
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    Protect Your Students from Bullies

    Protect Your Students from Bullies
    If we don’t take a stand, who will? It happens in restrooms, in hallways, at recess, on playgrounds, in locker rooms, in cafeterias...any place in a school where adult supervision is minimal. Generations of students have suffered verbal and physical abuse at the hands of other students. Despite intensified attention by educators, the problem of bullying continues to worsen. How much ...
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    School Violence Reality Check

    School Violence Reality Check
    *_“We don’t have to worry because emergency responders will be here in no time.”_* *_“Our SWAT Team is the best in the county and will take care of the threat before they can do any substantial harm.”_* *_“We instinctively know what to do during an emergency. People are like that you know.”_* Which one of the above is true? The first ...
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    Detention and Danger

    Is it unconstitutional for school officials to detain a student without notifying her parent? And is it unlawful for a school resource officer to detain a student long enough to deliver her to a school official for investigation of a school offense? Two cases that reached the appellate level in their respective jurisdictions address these questions. h4. Detention w/o Notification OK ...
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    Scary Drawings, Difficult Decisions

    Scary Drawings, Difficult Decisions
    "This case highlights the difficulties of school administrators charged to balance their duty to provide a safe school with the constitutional rights of individual students when violence in schools is a serious concern,” wrote a federal appellate court judge in a Louisiana case, the appeal from which, the Supreme Court recently declined to hear. At the age of fourteen, and in ...
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    Earthquakes & Fire Safety

    Earthquakes & Fire Safety
    A wide range of natural disasters occurs within the United States every year. Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on you and your home. The U.S. Fire Administration encourages you to use the following safety tips to help protect yourself, your family and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after an earthquake. You can greatly reduce ...
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    Spark Students Interest in Fire Safety Week

    Spark Students Interest in Fire Safety Week
    Fire related incidents is the number three cause of death for children in the U.S. What can teachers do to help? Spend Fire Safety week educating your students on procedures that can save lives. h4. Learn About Fire h4. 1. Fire is FAST! There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control ...
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    The School-Wide Addiction to Processed Food

    The School-Wide Addiction to Processed Food
    Each day I walk into the school cafeteria to check in with my students on their own turf. There is one scene that repeats itself without fail each lunch—fried beef on a stick is served (or some such artificially preserved nastiness), the kids turn up their noses, and fights ensue over the good fruit and string cheese. Mmm. Grilled cheese in ...
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    Reform School Lunch Before It Reforms Our Waistlines

    Reform School Lunch Before It Reforms Our Waistlines
    Michelle Obama wants to end childhood obesity. Let's start by looking at school lunches. In a public school somewhere, Mrs. Q is eating lunch. She’s been eating like a kid every day for about a month. But unlike her students, the anonymous teacher has been posting photographs of her tray on Fed Up With School Lunch. She has eaten chicken popcorn ...
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    Focus on Exercise, Not Team Sports

    Focus on Exercise, Not Team Sports
    RICHARDSON, TX— With music pumping in the background, the kids in Terry Wade's physical education class are in constant motion, going from sit-ups to jumping jacks to curls with light weights. After their 45-minute session, the sixth-graders who are sweating the most, or as Wade calls it, "burning butter," get stickers. "My main goal and emphasis is getting these kids up ...
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    The Perfect Recipe for Student Success

    The Perfect Recipe for Student Success
    Wellness in the Schools and the Greenhouse Project have perfected the recipe for kids' success. Before Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, there was already a rebellion brewing in Manhattan. In 2005, former teacher and principal Nancy Easton co-founded Wellness in the Schools (with Kirsten Brashares and Rachel Tore) to demand healthy food in public schools. "One plate at a time. One school ...
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    Teachable Moments in Security

    Teachable Moments in Security
    As a teacher, your role in creating safer learning environments is critical. Often top-of-mind only after an incident or emergency has occurred, security should be a concern for everyone in the school. Teachers have a particularly unique role in security, because they are the “eyes and ears” of the school. Staff interactions with students can be somewhat limited, whereas teachers have ...
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    Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandatory Reporting Facts

    Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandatory Reporting Facts
    All 50 states have requirements for the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. The following section outlines the guidelines from The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA, 1996). h4. What Counts as Child Abuse? h4. The minimum definitions for child abuse and neglect are any recent act or failure to act: a. Resulting in imminent risk of serious harm, ...
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    4 Ways to Make Your Emergency Drills Worthwhile

    4 Ways to Make Your Emergency Drills Worthwhile
    Nothing worthwhile comes easy. At least some work and thought are required to make any project successful and meaningful, including emergency drills at school. You may recall from your own school days, the quite common fire drill. It’s likely that the fire drill’s greatest significance was the fact that it cut short your 6th period Algebra class. The prinicipal might have ...
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    Is It Ever Okay to Physically Restrain a Student?

    Is It Ever Okay to Physically Restrain a Student?
    This past week at my school, a security guard was put on administrative leave for physically restraining a middle-school student for a viscous verbal assault. As someone who has witnessed numerous harmful verbal and physical incidents with this particular student, it is difficult not to jump to the conclusion that the student deserved to be disciplined in this way. He told ...
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    Zero Waste School Lunch

    Zero Waste School Lunch
    It boggles the mind if you think about it too much: one child, one lunch a day, for 13 years. A typical kid can produce 67 pounds of lunch trash each year, easily ending their school career with their own personal landfill of trash produced only at lunchtime. Our school, the Austin Discovery School, has no hot lunch program. So children ...
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    How to Stay S.A.F.E. Amid School Violence Situations

    How to Stay S.A.F.E. Amid School Violence Situations
    Reducing the risk of harm to ourselves and others is what it is all about. Where there is a potential for a crisis, there is a need for a plan of action. The planning process begins in recognizing the crisis can occur. Accepting the reality that you may one day be placed in a perilous situation will allow you to take ...
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    The Scary Facts About School Violence

    The Scary Facts About School Violence
    We have all been effected by the recent trend in school violence; everything from Columbine and the recent NIU Killings to gang activities to everyday schoolyard scuffles. And while you might say, "It will never happen in my school district," that is not to say you shouldn't be prepared or have the thought in the back of your mind. Teaching has ...
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    Keeping Security Top of Mind

    Keeping Security Top of Mind
    Teachers are focused on what they know and love: teaching. Out of necessity for strained schedules and security being assigned to the school’s disciplinarian or security officer, the idea of teachers being actively involved in their school’s security program is often an afterthought. And, some might even consider it a disruption to what they’re at the school to do. But security ...
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